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WAITE, Air Cdre Reginald Newnham (1901-1975)


Reference code(s): GB 0099 KCLMA Waite

Held at: Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London

Title: WAITE, Air Cdre Reginald Newnham (1901-1975)

Date(s): Created 1942-[1953]

Level of description: Collection (fonds)

Extent: 2 boxes or 0.02 cubic metres

Name of creator(s):


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born in 1901; educated at Repton School and RAF Cadet College, Cranwell; commissioned, 1921; various posts in Coastal Command, 1921-1939; served in First Lord's Operations Room, Admiralty, 1939-1942; commanded RAF Station, St Eval, Cornwall, 1942, commanded Coastal Command Station, Nassau, Bahamas, 1942-1944; served at Supreme HQ, Allied Expeditionary Force, 1944-1946; Director of Air Branch, Control Commission, Berlin, 1947-1949; devised and organised the Air Lift to Berlin in 1948; conducted Anglo-Russian enquiry into collision between Yak fighter and GB civilian aircraft flying from Hamburg to Berlin during the Berlin Airlift, 1948; Commandant, RAF Bircham Newton; Assistant Chief of Staff, Allied Air Forces, Central Europe, 1951-1953; retired 1953; died in 1975.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers relating to his RAF career, 1942-[1953], principally comprising correspondence relating to the development of a submersible target at RAF St Eval, Cornwall, 1942, dated 1948; manuscript notes on the problems of establishing Coastal Command Station, Nassau, Bahamas, as a training centre for Coastal Liberator crews, 1942; official report on the RAF occupation of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, 5-11 May 1945; printed reports on the progress of air disarmament in Germany in 1944-1946, produced by British Air Forces of Occupation, 1945-1947; correspondence relating to his work as Director of Air Branch, Control Commission, Berlin, 1947-1949, and to the planning of the Berlin Airlift, 1948-1949; official report on organisation and structure of Berlin Airlift administration; RAF training course notes and papers, 1950; papers relating to his service as Assistant Chief of Staff, Allied Air Forces Central Europe, [1951-1953], notably including photographs of Waite, [1951-1953]; published RAF manuals, 1948, 1950.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Arranged in the following sections: RAF St Eval; Coastal Command Station, Nassau; British Air Forces of Occupation; Berlin; course notes; Allied Air Forces Central Europe; RAF manuals.

Conditions governing access:

Open, subject to signature of reader's undertaking form.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, attention of the Director of Archive Services.

Physical characteristics:

Finding aids:

Summary Guide available on-line at, and in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information:


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Loaned to the Centre by the family in 1984, and microfilmed in 1999 prior to withdrawal.


Existence and location of originals:

Existence and location of copies:

Related material:

The Public Record Office holds a copy of his report into the Viking-Yak disaster, 1948.

Publication note:



Decorations: CB, CBE

Date(s) of descriptions: Apr 1997

Armed forces | State security
Berlin airlift, 1948-1949 | Economic sanctions | International conflicts
Civil aviation | Air transport | Transport
Disarmament | Peace
East West relations | International relations
Foreign aid | International cooperation | International politics
Military aviation | Air transport | Transport
Military education | Higher science education
Military operations | Military engineering
Occupied territories | Humanitarian law
Photographs | Visual materials
War | International conflicts
World War Two (1939-1945) | World wars (events) | Wars (events)
Military organizations

Personal names

Corporate names
RAF | Royal Air Force x Royal Air Force

Berlin | Germany | Western Europe | Europe
London | England | UK | Western Europe | Europe
Nassau | Bahamas | Caribbean
Schleswig-Holstein | Germany | Western Europe | Europe
St Eval | Cornwall | England | UK | Western Europe | Europe
Eastern Europe